CHESTERVILLE — The Chesterville Rotary Club has earned the appreciation of two of Canada’s most prominent charitable organizations — the Terry Fox and Ryan’s Well foundations — as a result of the Club’s very substantial fundraising efforts for those causes over the years.
Club secretary Betty Vanden Bosch reported Aug. 27 on the recent respective acknowledgements received from both entities — for $250,000 generated by the Rotarian-organized Terry Fox Run in North Dundas since 1982 — at the instigation of current president Jan Roosendaal.
“We just received this ‘Milestone Award’ from Terry Fox; we have donated $250,000,” Vanden Bosch said to applause at the Club’s latest meeting inside the McCloskey Hotel. The local effort has contributed to the $750-million-plus raised globally in Terry Fox’s name for cancer research, at countless similar events held annually across Canada and the world.
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The 2018 Chesterville-area Terry Fox Run returns 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the same staging area used by the Club since the beginning — North Dundas District High School.
The secretary also brandished a 2018 certificate of appreciation from the Ryan’s Well Foundation, which will be framed and hung on the wall at the Club’s regular meeting place, the Nelson LaPrade Centre. “We have been supporting them” for 14 years, Vanden Bosch said of that organization.
Proceeds of the annual Dutch Heritage Dance have been going to the Ryan’s Well Foundation since 2005, noted member Ruth Gilroy, who first proposed supporting the organization back then. Started by then-Kemptville-area schoolboy Ryan Hreljac, the Ryan’s Well Foundation began with a single well in Uganda after the youngster raised $2,000. The organization has since funded millions’ of dollars worth of clean water projects in the developing world.
Hreljac has previously spoken at a Club meeting. His mother was a keynote speaker at the annual Dutch Heritage Dance as well.
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